What is the Drain Detective program?
The Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) are encouraging citizen scientists to help monitor water quality at bay beaches in Sandringham, Mentone, Mordialloc, Dromana and Rye until May 2019.
Visitors to these beaches can help the EPA gather data to understand and manage pollution by taking a photo of water flowing from the stormwater drain. Sensors are located in the drain pipes which test for chemicals in the water to help determine where stormwater is coming from.
At Sandringham beach the stormwater drain is located in front of the Sandringham Life Saving Club.
So when you're walking along Sandringham Beach next time and you notice water flow when it's not raining, or a funny odour, snap a photo, fill out a quick survey and send it off to go.vic.gov.au/drains.
For more information about the program
This program is funded by the Victorian Government Port Phillip Bay Fund and is a collaboration between Bayside, Kingston and Mornington Peninsula Councils, EPA Victoria, Port Phillip EcoCentre and Monash University.